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The big debate after the match was if Kei Kamara is worth a contract or not. Of course, the player is currently only on loan at Carrow Road, and Chris Hughton will need to decide if he wants to retain him for next season. It has been suggested that a deal could easily be done for a bargain fee if that’s what Norwich wanted.
It’s an issue that has divided fans with many liking what they have seen so far, but others feeling he isn’t quite up to Premier League standard. My day job involves me working with football statistics, so it would be remiss of me not to point out that he has only scored one goal. And this is a big reason why some fans feel he doesn’t have what it takes.
I’m personally somewhere in the middle. I have generally been impressed from what I have seen from him but admit to being a little worried about his poor goal return. I’m not naïve enough to believe that he will become a regular goal-scorer given time. It’s obvious by looking at his career that clearly isn’t what he is all about.
However, I think Norwich City were fully aware of this before they chose to take the player on loan. He clearly brings something to the table with his energy, strength, power and pace. And let’s be honest, these were things the Canaries didn’t have in their squad before.
Watching Saturday’s game against Reading, there was clearly something very good about Elliott Bennett’s pace down the wing and Kamara’s pace and power up front. It’s going to be a very interesting summer transfer window for the club, and the size of the budget may play a significant role in the outcome of this one.
That all being said, I don’t think the player was brought here just to give us a hand for the second half of this season but required closer inspection. Chris Hughton clearly wasn’t totally convinced that he could adapt to the Premier League. But he played impressively against Reading, which included bringing the best out of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on at least two occasions.
On reflection, I would take the player and use him as an impact sub next season. But would stress that I think we need to find another proven goal-scorer to offer that bit of support and competition for Ricky van Wolfswinkel.